Lecturer, Bachelor of Science Programs Advisor
Geology & Planetary Science
PhD in Geology, 1992
Areas of Responsibility
Dr. Jones received his PhD from Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar), and he carried out geological research at the University of Michigan and University of North Carolina before joining the University of Pittsburgh faculty as a lecturer. He is coauthor (with his father) of a widely-used geology laboratory manual: Jones, N.W. and Jones, C.E. Laboratory Manual for Physical Geology (McGraw Hill), now in its fifth edition.
Dr. Jones's research involves the geochemistry of sedimentary rocks and fossils as applied to problems in paleoceanography and global climate change. These projects include: (1) Inferring the timing of Andean uplift and changes in continental weathering using Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopes from Amazon Fan detrital sediments; (2) Using the seawater Sr-isotope curve to infer major short-term pulses of sea-floor hydrothermal activity in the Jurassic and Cretaceous; (3) Using Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopes in eolian sediments recovered from the North Pacific to work out the continental source area of these sediments; (4) Looking at the preservation of Sr, Nd, and Pb isotopes in microscopic fossil fish teeth in order to determine if these teeth can be used to develop paleo-seawater records of Nd and Pb isotopic variations; (5) Dating of ancient limestones using U-Pb isotope systematics; (6) Using belemnites and oysters to develop a Jurassic and Cretaceous seawater Sr-isotope curve.
Department of Geology & Planetary Science
University of Pittsburgh
4107 O'Hara Street
SRCC, Room 200
Pittsburgh PA 15260-3332